The specific fall from grace inspiring this work was the resignation of Richard Nixon from the American presidency in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal. While never fully overcoming the Watergate stigma, by the time of his death, he had acquired a reputation for expertise in foreign affairs, and his funeral was attended by former Presidents of the United States, the Secretary General of the United Nations, and numerous dignitaries including Presidents and Prime Ministers from countries around the world.
The "fall" is symbolized by a broken dollhouse replica of the chair former President Nixon used when in the Oval Office. The chair has fallen down backward and three of its four legs are broken. The bottles of alcohol above the chair represent attempts to dull the embarrassment and pain of disgrace.
The possibility of a second chance is represented by the “fireplace” at the right, made of dollhouse picture frames, wood and fabric, from which a phoenix rises. Three of the four legs of the Oval Office chair stick out from the fire, indicating the need to overcome. The representation of the phoenix originates from a text from the Middle Ages. The photograph has been digitally modified to blend with the colors of this assemblage.
Above the fireplace hangs a necklace designed with amber, Murano glass, and freshwater pearls. Hints of gold throughout brighten the dark-toned work.
Custom framed with museum glass in a sophisticated deep wooden frame in collaboration with Chevy Chase Art Gallery, Washington, DC.
Frame color: Black
Size (in inches): 10 x 14 x 4
- In mythology, the phoenix dies by bursting into flames and rises anew from the ashes. Unlike the phoenix, which arises as powerful as before, a person may not return to the identical status, success, or ability as before but, with effort, good fortune and dedication, may still accomplish significant feats.